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Indigo From Seed to Dye

October 8, 2017, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm



Indigo, From Seed to Dye – Learn about the magic of indigo, its plant sources and how to make and maintain a fermentation vat. Starting with fresh leaf Japanese indigo dyeing on silk scarves, we will then create an organic vat with powdered indigo to do simple shibori techniques on a cotton bandana. This day long class includes lunch.

This is a new class for Fermentation Fest 2017, but quotes from Debra’s classes last year included:

Excellent teacher – I’m inspired!! 

Very exciting; tried many things

Everything I was hoping for.  Given me inspiration to pursue with my own experimentation.





Debra Ketchum-Jircik has been hand papermaking for over 20 years, working with the medium in a variety of ways and have been fortunate to study with generous teachers. She enjoys sharing art through teaching and organizing/working on collaborative community art projects and environmental installations. Her current creative practice reflects her interest in minimizing her environmental impact. Her most recent creative forays have been into natural dyeing and growing her own dye plants including Japanese Indigo and eco-printing as they relate to her handmade paper. She is currently working part time as programming coordinator at The Warehouse: Four Seasons Center for the Arts in Eagle River. Her Circle of Life Studio, where she also offers workshops and residency opportunities, is in Eagle River Wisconsin.


Key Information:


Class Location: Recreational Center, 134. S Locust St, Reedsburg, WI 53959
This is a full day class which includes lunch.
This is a hands-on class.
Dyeing can get messy, so please dress appropriately and bring an apron.
Participants have the option of bringing their own small samples of fabric to practice techniques – a scarf or handkerchief work well.
Each attendee will make and take home a silk scarf and bandana.
Check-in begins 10 minutes before the start of the class.